‘Sym­bolic ges­ture’

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At ev­ery turn, the govern­ment’s woe­ful lack of prepa­ra­tion and un­der­stand­ing as to how a state func­tions have made bad sit­u­a­tions worse. The econ­omy was al­ready a vic­tim, but the han­dling of mi­gra­tion has pro­vided dra­matic con­fir­ma­tion of the prob­lem. The govern­ment has swung be­tween an open in­vi­ta­tion to refugees and mi­grants, as SYRIZA had done while in op­po­si­tion, to al­low­ing chaos which ben­e­fits nei­ther mi­grants nor ci­ti­zens. This also dam­ages the state’s func­tions and how it is seen to func­tion. Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yian­nis Mouza­las’s anger yes­ter­day at a protest at the Elliniko fa­cil­ity un­der­lined how good in­ten­tions and a lack of su­per­vi­sion al­lowed the sit­u­a­tion to get out of hand. In what he called a “sym­bolic ges­ture,” Mouza­las handed po­lice a chain that mi­grants had used to lock the fa­cil­ity’s gate and told them to take charge. SYRIZA, which in the past would have been the first to con­demn the po­lice for any ac­tion, be­lat­edly sees the need for or­der.

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